Anywho, I found these numbers quite interesting, especially the ones that refer to women and romance novels. Enjoy...
One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. The AP-Ipsos poll was conducted from August 6 to 8 and involved telephone interviews with 1,003 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
- Of those who did read, women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year—half read more and half read fewer. (Surely they jest! Most romance readers I know read that amount and more in ONE week!)
- In 2004, a National Endowment for the Arts report titled Reading at Risk found only 57 percent of American adults had read a book in 2002, a four percentage point drop in a decade. The study faulted television, movies and the Internet.
- Who are the 27 percent of people the AP-Ipsos poll found hadn’t read a single book this year? Nearly a third of men and a quarter of women fit that category. They tend to be older, less educated, lower income, minorities, from rural areas and less religious.
- Among those who said they had read books, the median figure—with half reading more, half fewer—was nine books for women and five for men. The figures also indicated that those with college degrees read the most, and people aged 50 and up read more than those who are younger.
- People from the West and Midwest are more likely to have read at least one book in the past year. Southerners who do read, however, tend to read more books, mostly religious books and romance novels, than people from other regions.
- Whites read more than blacks and Hispanics, and those who said they never attend religious services read nearly twice as many as those who attend frequently.
- The Bible and religious works were read by two-thirds in the survey, more than all other categories. Popular fiction, histories, biographies and mysteries were all cited by about half, while one in five read romance novels. Every other genre—including politics, poetry and classical literature—were named by fewer than five percent of readers.
- More women than men read every major category of books except for history and biography. Industry experts said that confirms their observation that men tend to prefer nonfiction. (AP)
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